Fun Facts Friday: John Tenniel

Tenniel was honored as a living national treasure and for his public service was knighted in 1893 by Queen Victoria, the first cartoonist or illustrator to receive the honor.

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Book Review: Wolf by Herbert J. Stern and Alan A. Winter

Through Friedrich we are witnessing one of the ugliest events of the 20th century, from the front seat. Friedrich is privy to many meetings and has a personal insight into Hitler’s taking over Germany

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Book Review: Eat Sleep Work Repeat by Bruce Daisley

In Eat Sleep Work Repeat: 30 Hacks for Bringing Joy to Your Job by Bruce Daisley the author does not only concentrate on cultural changes which, let’s face it, most of us are not in a position to implement, but also on little changes you can make to make your work life more manageable.

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Book Review: All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque

All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque does not glamorize war, it is not a battle zone fantasy a-la 80s Hollywood action flicks. It is a sad and sober reflection on the toll war takes on individual soldiers, their families, society, and country. In fact, the Nazis hated this book so much, and the movie, that they banned it altogether.

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Fun Facts Friday: R.P. Blackmur

His literary reputation was not only based on criticism, but also on the poetry Mr. Blackmur wrote.

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Guest Post: Contests and Awards by Chris Harold Stevenson

How much does talent have to do with copping a win? Fortunately a great book will stand out whether it is picked by a panel of judges or a reader’s poll. It is subjective and a matter of personalized opinion. Yet the wheat will win over the chaff. Every time. 

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Book Review: The Blue Zones Kitchen by Dan Buettner

The photographs are gorgeous and the write ups are very interesting. It is important to note that the diet of Blue Zone residents is only part of the reason for thier longevity, climate, reasonable amount of exercise, family, work, and relationships all have a big say in getting to old age

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Book Review: The Fire and the Darkness by Sinclair McKay

The author does not shy away from the controversy surrounding the bombing. Was it necessary? Was it a war crime? A crime against humanity? How did the people who ordered the bombing as well as those executing the orders deal with the morality of it?

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Fun Facts Friday: Umberto Eco

Fun Facts Friday: Umberto Eco

Mr. Eco said that social media “gives legions of idiots the right to speak when they once only spoke at a bar after a glass of wine, without harming the community […] but now they

Book Review: Daughters of the Night Sky by Aimie K. Runyan

Book Review: Daughters of the Night Sky by Aimie K. Runyan

About: Daughters of the Night Sky by Aimie K. Runyan is a novel about the Russian women pilots of World War II known by their victims as the “Night Witches”.  Ms. Runyan likes to write about history’s unsung heroes, or at least unsung in the US. 301 pages Publisher: Lake Union Publishing (January 1, 2018) Language: English ISBN-10: 1503946770 […]

Book Review: Silence in the Desert by David Longridge

Book Review: Silence in the Desert by David Longridge

About: Silence in the Desert by David Longridge is a historical fiction story taking place around World War II. The novel follows four friends, on opposite sides serving different masters during the war. 304 pages Publisher: Troubador Publishing Ltd Language: English ISBN-10: 1788034503 My rating for Silence in the Desert– 3 Buy Silence in the Desert from Amazon.com* More Books […]

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Fun Facts Friday: Robert Ruark

Fun Facts Friday: Robert Ruark

Robert Ruark (29 December, 1915 – 1 July, 1965) was an American author, columnist and hunter who wrote about his experiences. Image from https://www.africahunting.com/ Books by Robert Ruark* 1)      Born in Wilmington, NC the family was hit hard by the Great Depression, but still managed to send the author to college, at age 15. 2)      […]

New Kiva Loan: Henry Alexander from Tulcán, Ecuador

New Kiva Loan: Henry Alexander from Tulcán, Ecuador

Click here to donate yourself Henry is an honest, responsible worker who is content that he received economic support to keep working. He is saving money to increase his merchandise and climb out of poverty. He must continue with his business activity and needs to buy more chargers, hands free-mics, and cell phones, wholesale to […]

Fun Facts Friday: Charles Stuart Calverley

Fun Facts Friday: Charles Stuart Calverley

Charles Stuart Calverley (22 December 1831 – 27 February, 1884) was an English poet and writer, considered one of the most brilliant man of his time. 1)      He was born as Charles Stuart Blayds in Worcestershire. 2)      When he went to Oxford, Mr. Calverley was known as a daring and high-spirited student. 3)      He was also known for […]

Book Review: A Die Hard Christmas: The Illustrated Holiday Classic by Doogie Horner

Book Review: A Die Hard Christmas: The Illustrated Holiday Classic by Doogie Horner

The artwork is great, second only to the wonderful wit and rhymes

Book Review: Jan by Peter Haden

Book Review: Jan by Peter Haden

This book has everything one wants, intriguing characters, action, espionage and some romance

Fun Facts Friday: Betty Smith

Fun Facts Friday: Betty Smith

Betty Smith (15 December, 1896 – 17 January, 1972) was an American author best known for her book A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. Books by Betty Smith* 1)      The author was born in Brooklyn, NY as the eldest of three children as Elisabeth Wehner. 2)      As a child, she loved the public library on Leonard […]

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